Eisenhower Campaign Buttons

Date:
1952

French and Spanish campaign buttons, translated as "I Love Ike" and "I Like Ike" (respectively).

Description (physical):

Metal, plastic, paper. Dia 9.0, D 0.4 cm; Metal. Dia 3.3, D 0.4 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 12269 & EISE 15832
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Admission Ticket To The Inaugural Ball

Date:
21-Jan-57
Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 10604
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

President Eisenhower In The Oval Office

Date:
c. 1953-1961
Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 1031
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

World War I Uniform Jacket

Earle B. Taylor wore this jacket during World War I while he served in the Tank Corps in the United States and Europe. US Army M-1912 issue, size 6 regular 38; waist 34; length 28 1/4 ; sleeve 32 inches. Taylor took his training under Captain Dwight D. Eisenhower at Camp Colt, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the Army Tank Corps Training Center.  This was Eisenhower’s first independent command.

Description (physical):

Wool, bronze (buttons). L 77.0, W 78.0, D 10.5 (approx) cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 15835
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Platter

Date:
c. 1938
Creator:
Webster Company

This platter was a Christmas gift to Ike and Mamie from members of the Manila, Philippines bridge club. The sterling silver tray is part of an eight piece set for cocktails. The engraving reads; "Merry Xmas to Ike and Mamie, "The Old Bridge Gang," Manila, 1938 and the signatures of nine people and "Bid 1 Should Have Made 2-Down 3". Marked on back "Sterling/ [mark of the Webster Co.] / 16879”. By 1933, Eisenhower had become a trusted aide of the new Chief of Staff of the Army, General Douglas MacArthur. From 1935 to 1939, Eisenhower served on MacArthur’s staff in the Philippines, assisting the Philippine government in forging a defense establishment for the territory. While in Manila, Ike and Mamie made many friends among fellow officers and the Filipinos, including Philippine President Manuel Quezon.

Description (physical):

Silver. L 34.3, W 25.4 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 1589
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Major Dwight D. Eisenhower

Date:
1930s
Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 1019
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Military Patch

Date:
1942-1945

On November 8, 1942, Eisenhower commanded Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa. Since the American military operations were taking place in a region with strong Islamic culture, the U.S. Army’s North African Theater of Operations shoulder patch featured a Moorish arch design.

Description (physical):

Paper. H 7.6, W 6.3 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 11265
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Armband

Date:
1942

1st Infantry Division Rectangular brassard (armband) made of waterproofed cloth with an American flag stenciled on center. The vertical holes on either side are for adjusting band around the arm with a safety pin attached. Worn by Capt. Paul A. Reihmann of the 18th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, during invasion of N. Africa. When the Americans landed in North Africa in 1942, they encountered the Vichy French, those who had collaborated with the Nazis after the 1940 fall of France. Algeria and French Morocco were areas controlled by the Vichy government. It was hoped that when the French military saw the American flag armbands they would regard Eisenhower’s soldiers not as enemies but as liberators. Most of the French forces in Africa came back over to the Allied side.

Description (physical):

Cloth. L 44.6, W 10.0 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 11892
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

General Eisenhower With General Mark Clark In Italy

Date:
1943
Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 2056
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

General Eisenhower in an Army Jeep with President Roosevelt at Eisenhower's Headquarters in Sicily

Date:
Dec-43

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt selected General Eisenhower to lead the invasion of France while Eisenhower was serving as the Allied Commander of troops fighting in Italy.  He officially informed Eisenhower of this decision in early December 1943 when he paid a visit to Ike’s Headquarters in Sicily.

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
NARA 196611
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site